- Date: 8 August 2012
- Area: South East
Martin Amis came to Norwich as part of the 2009 Norfolk and Norwich Festival. He was in conversation with Writers' Centre Norwich Chair, Robert McCrum.. Credit: Writers' Centre Norwich
In the year of the Olympics it is not just our athletes who will be winning gold. Arts and cultural organisations in the East have been celebrating an array of fantastic awards over the course of the summer.
We were thrilled to share in the excitement of Writer’s Centre Norwich, an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation, successful bid to become the first UNESCO City of Literature in England. Norwich joins Edinburgh, Melbourne, Iowa City, Dublin and Reykjavík in this prestigious title. The UNESCO programme awards cities that have showcased an exceptional literary history and have a vibrant and unique literary scene.
Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: 'This is an exceptional and thoroughly merited accolade for Norwich, reflecting both the city’s literary history and its vibrant and unique literary scene. UNESCO’s endorsement will allow Norwich to consolidate its international reputation as a city of literature, and forms a cornerstone of the proposals for the new International Centre for Writing.’
Aldeburgh Music, an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation, has also achieved great things this year. In May, they were awarded with the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards (RPS) for Concert Series and Festivals. The annual RPS Music Awards are presented in association with BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme and provide the highest recognition for live classical music in the United Kingdom.
Awards in thirteen categories were decided by independent panels consisting of some of the music industry’s most distinguished practitioners. The awards honour musicians, composers, writers, broadcasters and inspirational arts organisations.
Jonathan Reekie, Chief Executive, Aldeburgh Music, said: 'We’re delighted that Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s third Festival as Artistic Director has won this prestigious award. I’m especially pleased for all the artists who contributed so much last year, many of whom are very familiar to Aldeburgh audiences. It is particularly satisfying as this award affirms that after 64 years the Aldeburgh Festival, which still sticks so close to the ideals of its founders, is as alive and relevant as ever.'